RI Lawmakers Want Immigrant Tuition Law

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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Two Rhode Island lawmakers say they want to turn a new policy giving illegal immigrants in-state tuition at state universities into a state law to make it harder for critics to reverse.

A state higher education commission approved the tuition break last fall. State Sen. Juan Pichardo and Rep. Grace Diaz said Wednesday that they worry a future commission could decide to reverse the policy.

Pichardo, a Providence Democrat, says the policy ensures people brought the U.S. illegally as children receive the same opportunities as other Rhode Island students.

The tuition break is available to immigrants who graduate from a local high school and commit to seek legal status.

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